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ObservArribas: Iberian nature festival
May 31 - June 2
Three days, two countries, dozens of opportunities to marvel at vultures and eagles, cliffs and canyons, dinner and dance.
From watching eagles and vultures – Europe’s largest birds – to searching for birds at night-time, tasting local cuisine or joining in a traditional dance, ObservArribas caters to all tastes. Visitors will have a chance to explore the region on foot, by boat and even in an electric car – a novelty this year. Now in its third edition, the festival is moving to the centre of town. Right next to the castle walls will sit a veritable nature fair, featuring local products and a screening of environment-themed films. And as the festival spans International Child’s Day, there will be no shortage of activities for young explorers.
The festival’s stars will be the region’s birds, which visitors will get to see from every possible angle: in daytime and night-time; in the city, on the cliffs and from the river itself. And if you wish to see nature through the eyes of those who depend on it, you can join a local shephard on his rounds.
In the centre of Miranda do Douro, young and old will be able to get down to business: grown-ups can use beeswax to make plastic-free clingfilm, while youngsters reuse everyday things to make binoculars. And all can be enthralled by the “CSI dogs” demonstrating their work with the National Guard’s nature protection service.
With dozens of activities throughout the region – in Portugal and Spain – ObservArribas is an invitation to explore the natural and cultural heritage of the Douro canyon.
Registration is open at www.observarribas.com.